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10 Friendliest Pet Birds You’ll Love (with Pictures)

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Birds are becoming more and more popular in the United States because many of them have long lifespans, are easy to raise, are fun to watch, and have brightly colored feathers. However, not all birds are friendly and require a more experienced owner to manage them. If you are new to birds and want to find the friendliest breeds available, you’ve come to the right place. We are going to list several of the most sociable birds as well as let you know which ones like being pet and which ones enjoy cuddling with you while you watch television.

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1. Pionus Parrot

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Pions Parrot
  • Size: 10–11 inches
  • Weight: 8–9 ounces
  • Colors: Olive green, white, red

The Pionus is a medium-sized parrot from Mexico. People might also call them a Speckle Face Parrot or a Scaly Headed Parrot. It has a chunky body with a short tail. The eye ring can vary in color, and the plumage can be several colors but is usually olive green with white, red, and deep blue accents. These are excellent pets and are becoming easier to find thanks to protective breeding that also helps preserve their natural habitat.

2. Dove

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  • Size: 11–13 inches
  • Weight: 5–8 ounces
  • Colors: Grey, brown, black, white

The domesticated Dove is one of the friendliest birds you can purchase. It’s gentle enough to have around children and rarely bites or becomes aggressive toward other birds. It’s easy to train and doesn’t get upset when you are away like some other birds do. The only complaint we ever hear about these birds is that they are not as colorful as some of the others.

3. Budgerigar

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  • Size: 7–8 inches
  • Weight: 1–2 ounces
  • Colors: Green, yellow, black, blue

The Budgerigar is a smaller-sized bird with a long tail. In many parts of the United States, these birds go by another name, the Parakeet, and there is a good chance you will find one at your local pet store. These birds have been popular for quite some time because they are friendly and easy to maintain. Its small size means you don’t need a large cage, and they get along well with other birds.

4. Eclectus

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  • Size: 12–13 inches
  • Weight: 13–16 ounces
  • Colors: Orange, green, purple, blue, red

The Eclectus is another type of parrot that is quite friendly and easy to manage. It grows to about one foot tall and will weigh close to 1 pound when fully grown. It’s extremely colorful and friendly, which makes it a favorite among many bird lovers. Males are usually predominantly green, while the females tend to be a deep red.

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5. Canaries

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  • Size: 5–8 inches
  • Weight: Less than 1 ounce
  • Colors: Yellow, orange, brown, grey, green

The domestic Canary is another bird that has been popular in the United States for many years. Its small size allows it to reside in a smaller cage, and these birds enjoy it when you give them attention by taking them out of their cage and petting them on the head. It will often stay with you as you walk around the house and will always be happy to see you.

6. Finch

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  • Size: 4–8 inches
  • Weight: Less than 1 ounce
  • Colors: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue

You can find the Finch all over the United States, but these tiny birds also make fantastic pets and love when you scratch them on the head and carry them around your home. They are available in a wide range of colors that are all bright and pleasing to look at. These birds like to sing pleasant melodies and prefer to live in small groups.

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7. Cockatoos

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  • Size: 12–24 inches
  • Weight: 8–10 ounces
  • Colors: Black, grey, white

Cockatoos are the first bird on our list of cuddling birds. While these birds don’t exactly lay down on your lap like a cat or dog, you’ll find the Cockatoo has an insatiable need to stay near its owner and will often sit on your shoulder or hand whenever the opportunity arises. It’s become popular in pirate stories, and its friendliness and ability to learn words make it one of the best birds to own.

8. Cockatiels

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  • Size: 12–13 inches
  • Weight: 2–4 ounces
  • Colors: Cinnamon, gold, olive, white, blue

Cockatiels are like miniature Cockatoos but are a little more colorful and easier to manage. These birds can learn several words and will also mimic sounds they hear around the home, especially if they notice some sounds get you to move, like the doorbell. Like Cockatoos, these birds like to be near you and will stand on your body when they can.

If you’re new to the wonderful world of cockatiels, you’ll need a great resource to help your birds thrive. We highly recommend taking a closer look at The Ultimate Guide to Cockatiels, available on Amazon.

The Ultimate Guide to Cockatiels

This excellent book covers everything from the history, color mutations, and anatomy of cockatiels to expert housing, feeding, breeding, and health care tips.

9. Conures

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  • Size: 9–10 inches
  • Weight: 3–3 ounces
  • Colors: Green, orange, yellow, black, white

Conures are another type of colorful parrot that can learn to talk and imitate sounds they hear in your home. This bird enjoys head rubs and standing on your shoulder or head. It doesn’t learn words as quickly as the other birds, but that gives you an excuse to spend more time with it. These small birds are easy to maintain and usually get along with other birds as well as they do with people.

10. Green-Winged Macaw

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Green-Winged Macaw
  • Size: 39 inches
  • Weight: 2–4 pounds
  • Colors: Green, red, orange, yellow

The Green-Winged Macaw is an amazing bird that often grows to more than 3 feet tall, making it the largest bird on this list. However, despite its large size, it loves to be near its owner and will often pester you for head rubs, even at night. It also tends to stand on you as you walk around your home, which can be dangerous as you move through doorways. It can also get quite heavy, but it’s one of the most loving birds you can buy, and it has a long lifespan that often exceeds 50 years.


Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this list and found a few birds you would like to try out. Our favorites are the talking Cockatoos and Cockatiels, but if you are looking for something a little quieter, the Dove and Finch are soft chirping birds that won’t annoy your neighbors. If we have helped you choose your next pet, please share this guide to the 10 friendliest pet birds on Facebook and Twitter.

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